Author Patricia Cornwell is convinced the killer was painter Walter Sickert – and has explosive new evidence which could prove it
SERIAL killer Jack the Ripper mutilated, dismembered and ATE children according to a top crime writer who has spent millions researching the case.
Author Patricia Cornwell believes the man who murdered five prostitutes in London during the late 1880s was renowned British painter Walter Sickert.
And the 60-year-old, who has written a new book Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert, believes the Whitechapel murderer could have killed “20 people”.
In a column for Mirror Online, she wrote: “Real people died.
“They were mutilated, dismembered, in some instances possibly cannibalised, and his victims include children if you believe what the Ripper himself boasts in his mocking letters.
‘You will see in my new book that there are many cases not attributed to him that probably should have been.
“He didn’t kill only five people, and he’d didn’t stop in November 1888.”
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Cornwell first came up with her Sickert theory 15 years ago, and has uncovered new evidence for her second book on Sickert who famously painted sex and sleaze in London.
American-born Cornwell, who has sold more than 100 million books, said Sickert who painted sleaze and sex in London was openly obsessed with the Ripper crimes.
Her new evidence includes his Jack the Ripper’s Bedroom painting depicting a lodging house in Camden Town where Sickert lived.
She also casts doubt on Sickert’s alibi finding that his own handwritten notes and dates on sketches place him in London music halls within hours of at least four of the murders.
She believes that the famous painter invented the Royal Conspiracy implicating the Duke of Clarence so he could be talk about and keep alive his “unspeakably dark fantasies”.
One reason for her theory is the disturbing nature of his paintings, and how they share similarities with Jack the Ripper crime scenes.
Cornwell also claims in her book that strange doodles in Sickert’s notes, match ones in the Ripper letters sent to police.
She even claims Sickert dressed up as the Ripper while painting, and that he admitted to a friend “he would not mind having to kill and eat raw flesh”.
Another key part of her theory is her claim that Sickert was in Cornwall at the same time a guestbook at a bed and breakfast there was defaced with sexually crude drawings, signed by ‘Jack The Ripper, of Whitechapel’.
Patricia also purchased Sickert’s desk and 32 of his paintings for DNA testing.
Walter Sickert isn’t the only person in the frame…
There has been a great deal of speculation as to the true identity of Jack the Ripper
- Police first suspected the Ripper to have been a butcher, due to the way he killed his victims and the fact they were found near the dockyards, where meat was imported into the city.
- A book accused Queen Victoria’s surgeon, Sir John Williams, of being the killer, as he had a surgery in Whitechapel at the time.
- One controversial theory linked the murders with Queen Victoria’s grandson, Prince Albert Victor – also known as the Duke of Clarence.
- Cotton merchant James Maybrick was the prime suspect after extracts of his diary appeared to suggest he was the murderer. These were later deemed to have been forged.
- Another suspect was Dorset-born barrister Montague John Druitt, who committed suicide in the Thames shortly after last murder.
- George Chapman, otherwise known as Seweryn Kłosowski, was in the frame after he poisoned three of his wives. He was hanged in 1903.
- Aaron Kosminski was a police suspect and was admitted to Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, where he died.
- Dr Thomas Neill Cream was hanged after he was found guilty of poisoning four London prostitutes with strychnine.
- Bizarrely, Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, was once in the frame. He taught at Christ Church until 1881, which was at the forefront of the Ripper Murder scenery.
- Lord Randolph Churchill, whose son was Winston Churchill, has also been named as a potential suspect.
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